One of my favorite pieces of music is Vaughan William's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. The other day, however, I did something I rarely take time to do. I stopped working on anything, set aside over an hour to do so, and listened to Vaughan William's 1st symphony A Sea Symphony. Performed for the first time in 1910 when he was 38 years old, he had been working on it since 1903. If you know this symphony, you may agree that it is a powerfully moving blend of instrumental and choral music — the latter drawn from the poetry of Walt Whitman.